... So begins the video for Alien Weaponry's new single, 'Kai Tangata'.
The title literally translates to 'Eat People'; and refers to the ancient Māori tradition of eating the flesh of their enemies after battle in order to insult them. It is also an ancient term for a war party.
In their epic 7-minute song, the thrash metal trio recreates the memory of the early 19th Century musket wars, where Ngapuhi (Northern) tribes, newly armed with muskets, attacked and decimated the de Jong brothers' Te Arawa (Central North Island) ancestors, who at that time were still using traditional weaponry.
The video has special significance for the band due to the locations and people involved. Parts of the clip were filmed at the Waipu Caves, not far from where the band members live. The rest was filmed in the de Jong brothers' Te Arawa tribal territory; and many of the people featured - including the kapa haka group Te Matarae i Orehu - are members of their Ngati Pikiao whanau (family) and their wider Te Arawa iwi (tribe).
Alien Weaponry's debut album, Tu, is due for release on June 1, 2018
and can be pre-ordered, here: http://smarturl.it/Tu-AlienWeaponry
2. Ru Ana Te Whenua
3. Holding My Breath
5. Kai Tangata
6. Rage - It Takes Over Again
7. The Things That You Know (Bonus Track)
9. PC Bro
11. Nobody Here
12. Te Ara
13. Hypocrite (Bonus Track)
Vocals, Guitars: Lewis de Jong
Drums: Henry de Jong
Bass: Ethan Trembath
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